Australia warns FIFA over World Cup date switch

Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy has urged FIFA to wait until after an investigation into the 2022 World Cup bid process before making any decisions about shifting the dates for the event to avoid Qatar’s searing summer heat.

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Published: Tue 17 Sep 2013, 2:00 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:53 AM

Australia was one of the bids that lost out to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, and Lowy says FIFA risks making a bad decision worse by not taking time to consult member federations or considering the implications of switching the event from summer to winter.

In an FFA statement Tuesday, Lowy says FIFA should “let the independent investigative process run its natural course and then, with those issues settled, make a clear-eyed assessment about rescheduling and its consequences.”

Lowy calls for compensation for domestic leagues affected by any change, and for countries which spent millions on unsuccessful World Cup bids.

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